JFD unveils the 2024 finalists for the Margaret Awards “Championing Women” promotion

Under the high patronage of the president of the French Republic

Romain Lavault, Stéphanie Zolesio, Adrien Schwyter, Barbara Sessa, Clara Chappaz, Edouard de Saint Pierre, Delphine Remy-Boutang, Magali Theveniault Prevet, Céline Boudière, Charlie Perreau, Koussée Vaneecke et Cyril Reinhard. (Photo credit JFD – François Tancré)


Ahead of the official Margaret ceremony on 7 March, at which the winners of the 12th “Championing Women” promotion will be announced, JFD presents the finalists for Europe, Africa and Canada. Their innovations and ability to create value for our societies convinced the jury, composed of international economic personalities and digital experts. 


The Entrepreneurs finalists are: 

  • Eloa Guillotin, co-founder & CEO Beyond Aero, for the first hydrogen powered electric business jet.(France, Toulouse)
  • Clarisse Hagège, co-founder & CEO Dfns, for the creation of the secure digital asset portfolios of the future. (France, Paris)  


The Intrapreneurs finalists are:

  • Laurence Laplane, Director impact investing Amundi, for her project to direct employee savings towards Social and Solidarity Economy projects and thus contribute to their development. (France, Paris)
  • Marion Ranvier, General Manager Contentsquare Foundation, for the development of Readapt technology, which facilitates access to digital content for users with visual impairments or reading difficulties such as dyslexia. (France, Paris)


The Junior finalists are:

  • Apolline Humblot, 17, for her Ec(h)o project, an application designed to help you manage your eco-anxiety. (France, Vauréal)
  • Zoé Palfer-Sollier, 16, for her project COach2, an application for measuring and reducing your carbon footprint. (France, Antony)



The Entrepreneurs finalists are: 

  • Damilola Aminat Adeyemi, co-founder & CFO D-Olivette, for its autonomous and hybrid biotechnology systems, which provide access to clean, sustainable energy. (Nigeria, Lagos)
  • Mumbe Mwangangi, co-founder & CEO Nyansapo AI, for its edtech platform, which uses artificial intelligence to optimise school learning. (Kenya, Kitui)


The Intrapreneurs finalists are: 

  • Bukunola Bolajoko, Project researcher 1101 Technologies, for her project revolutionising the capture and use of recycled carbon in industrial settings. (Nigeria, Ibadan)
  • Aissatou Ami Touré, General Manager Yassir Sénégal, for the design of new payment and procurement methods integrated into the platform (Senegal, Dakar).


The Juniors finalists are: 

  • Abigail Ifoma, 16, for her MIA (My Intelligent Assistant) project, a care and monitoring system for patients in medical deserts. (Cameroon, Douala)
  • Seynabou Kane, 17, for her project Mbal-IT Connect, which automates the process of sorting household waste using visual object recognition and artificial intelligence. (Senegal, Dakar)



The Entrepreneurs finalists are: 

  • Marley Alles, founder rax, A peer-to-peer wardrobe rental platform that aims to reduce the environmental impact of fashion consumption. (Canada, Toronto)
  • Maria Maisuradze, founder ED4S, a solution enabling finance professionals to gain greater expertise in sustainable finance issues. (Canada, Montreal) 


“At JFD, we are proud to see the growing excellence of the applications submitted, which this year focus more specifically on the challenges facing our societies in the future. This dynamic reinforces our established position in the international ecosystem and demonstrates our ability to accelerate those who dare and push back the boundaries of innovation. These women leaders make their commitment a driving force for both the economy and society. We firmly believe that the success of these women is measured not just by their individual achievements, but by their collective impact,” says Delphine Remy-Boutang, Jury President the Margaret and founder of JFD & Arver.

JFD is stepping up its international growth acceleration programme worth a total of €1 million. This ambitious one-year programme dedicated to the winners of the prestigious Margaret Awards aims to raise their media visibility and strengthen their positioning on the international stage. They will benefit from privileged access to a leading professional network, fostering opportunities for partnerships and collaborations, and connections to potential investors to support their expansion. An initiative supported by all the JFD partners to propel the winners towards lasting international success.

Among the benefits of this programme:

  • Coaching by a EuraTechnologies Investment Manager: support right up to the fund-raising stage (consulting, contacts with investors, etc.). 
  • Access to EuraTechnologies’ International Program : a 3-month programme, worth €10,000, designed for non-French start-ups wishing to establish themselves on the French market. 
  • Access to the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada’s Transatlantique, a bilateral business accelerator between France and Canada, worth €10,000.
  • Personalised coaching from a member of the Meetic Europe management committee.
  • Allianz Accelerator Fast Track: Direct access to the selection committee for the next promotion of the Allianz Accelerator 6-month intensive acceleration programme. Only 10 startups out of 200 have access to this committee.
  • Participation in a major international event alongside La Poste group.
  • Media visibility supported by media partners such as Les Echos, Challenges, Franceinfo, France Télévisions, Science & Vie, CBNews, Maddyness, ViveS Média, Be a Boss, Phosphore, and many others.


The Jury for the Margaret Awards, presided over by Delphine Remy-Boutang, JFD and Arver founder, was composed this year of:

EUROPE: Céline Boudière, Meetic Europe · Clara Chappaz, La French Tech · Romain Lavault, Partech · Charlie Perreau, Les Echos · Cyril Reinhard, Sitecore · Edouard de Saint Pierre, Lombard Odier · Adrien Schwyter, Challenges · Barbara Sessa, Mastercard · Magali Theveniault Prevet, Caisse des Dépôts · Koussée Vaneecke, EuraTechnologies and Stéphanie Zolesio, Casino Immobilier.

AFRICA: Nelly Chatué-Diop, Ejara & Margaret Entrepreneur Africa 2023 · Mohamadou Diallo, CIO Mag · Grace Loubassou, Canal+ International · Sylvain Makaya, Eurazeo and Djibouti Sovereign Fund · Adama Mariko, AFD and FICS · Douglas Mbiandou, 10.000 Codeurs and Camélia Ntoutoume-Leclercq, Minister of National Education of Gabon.

CANADA: Estelle Chen, La French Tech Toronto · Marie-Françoise Hervieu, Zone Franche · Christelle Rousseau, CCI française au Canada and Xavier Van Overmeire, Dentons.


See all the finalists: https://www.joinjfd.com/en/margaret-awards/ 

Mediakit: https://bit.ly/MediakitJFD2024     


About JFD

JFD is an international growth accelerator founded in 2012 by Delphine Remy-Boutang. With a strong international commitment, JFD brings together public, private and media organisations in Europe, Africa and Canada around three pillars: education, role models and funding. Its mission is to help build a society in which women play a central role by helping new leaders to emerge. In 12 years, JFD has become a key growth accelerator for women who dare to take on bold technological challenges and focus on disruptive innovations to change the world. JFD is also a dynamic think-tank, providing concrete responses to the lessons learned from its annual studies. Its portfolio of concrete actions includes the Margaret Awards, the Margaret Foundation, the JFD Club, the White Shirt Movement, the JFD Manifesto for an Inclusive Digital World, and its first book, Elles changent le monde, published in 2021. Its second book will be published by Éditions Flammarion in 2024. JFD has created an active international network of over 50,000 people, trained over 10,000 talents, reached 20 million people worldwide and accelerated the growth of over 1,000 tech start-ups in Europe, Africa and Canada. https://www.joinjfd.com    




Articles similaires

JFD Voices Masterclass : Financial independence

JFD VOICES MASTERCLASS MONEY – Financial independence with Cécile Friedrich-Vuillemin Cécile Friedrich-Vuillemin, a senior banker at Lombard Odier, shares her advice on gaining financial independence,